Whenever planning a trip to a new (or old) destination, we all have specific interests we are passionate about exploring. In addition to the “must-see” sights and experiences, mine include walking tours, art galleries, unique restaurants, and vintage/thrift stores and flea markets. To go along with each of my city-specific vintage & thrift hauls, I am going to be writing blog posts that detail my favorite thrift and vintage stores in those cities so that you can bookmark and save the page for the next time you find yourself there! I have already posted my top picks for Berlin, Lisbon & Porto, and Los Angeles so today it is time to have a look at the best vintage/thrift stores in Bushwick, Brooklyn!
L Train Vintage – The pinnacle of NYC thrift shopping, the L Train Vintage empire is loved by thrifters near and far. With five stores across Manhattan and Brooklyn, this is where you come to find a deal. The majority of my Bushwick thrift haul was made up of pieces I found in L Train Vintage, as tops are priced around $6-$8 and dresses and skirts around $8-$10. The stores are organized by clothing type: from 50’s dresses to army jackets, denim to jumpsuits; however, they are not arranged by size, which makes it a little more time-consuming to find the piece. But, there are always great gems for those who are willing to search!
Urban Jungle – Housed in a warehouse, this is one of L Train Vintage’s Bushwick locations and is one of the oldest vintage clothing stores in Brooklyn. In all my years of thrifting, I have never seen a place like this! If you don’t have the patience or perseverance to tackle this beast, I have heard that the Sackett St. and East Village locations are a little more streamlined with their selections. Regardless, everyone should take 10 minutes to watch this cute documentary about Urban Jungle!
Worship– With one of the most fantastic selections of one-of-a-kind designer vintage pieces I have ever seen, Worship is a must-visit for anyone who loves designs from yesteryear. This store celebrates everything that the owners find inspiring; so, art and music influence the highly curated selection of vintage and locally produced accessories that line the tables and walls of the shop. Think 1980s Christian Dior ball gowns, 1950s skirt suits and an epic leather biker jacket that will never go out of style. Inside the store, products’ prices range from $20 to over $500 (for rare pieces), so whether you want to pick up a little addition or something extravagant, there is sure to be something to suit your budget. In addition to the Bushwick store, they also have a place in LA (very dangerous) and, if you can’t make it to either, they offer worldwide delivery on items featured on their Instagram and online-store.
Beacon’s Closet – A 100% Brooklyn based, female-founded company that embraces sustainability and ethical business practices, Beacon’s Closet is a crazy good place to go shopping. Beacons’ stock is solely based on people who bring in their used clothing to sell. And, their buyers are famously choosy, ensuring that only the cream of New York’s fashion crop resells in the store. Not that we should be complaining, there is nowhere better to find contemporary designer pieces at such a low price. If you can’t make it to one of the stores, they also sell a small collection of items online.
Collections – From a $12 sale rack to $200 designer finds Collections offers a well-thought-out selection of pieces. As the passion project of photographer and designer Lucy Ann Wheeless, the store feels like a very fashionable friend’s closet. Miu Miu slingbacks, geometric bikinis, wicker hats, and even a selection of masculine pieces were all rather tempting last time I stepped inside, which is great when prices are so reasonable for such marvelous vintage. With rotating displays of local artists’ work lining the walls, Collections is quintessentially Bushwick, and that is why we love it!
Friends NYC – 2200-square-feet of “indie department store retail goodness,” Brooklyn designer Mary Meyer and her best friend Emma Joe opened this brick-and-mortar version as an extension of their popular Etsy shop and attached it to Meyer’s own clothing store. Inside you can find affordable women’s and men’s vintage and gently used clothing ($20–$70) and accessories ($12–$160). As well as contemporary clothing, gift and home items, paper goods, and products from local Brooklyn artists and worldwide designers (including Floss Gloss, Lila Rice, Working Girls, and Stay Home Club). They also carry current pieces from Unif, Jeffrey Campbell, Lazy Oaf, American Deadstock, The Wild Unknown, Cheap Monday, and Dickies.
Chess & The Sphinx – Stating that their goal is to “add detail, history, and depth to their clients’ wardrobes,” Chess & The Sphinx has a diverse range of inventory to suit the modern-day woman. With pieces from every decade of the 20th century, there is something for every vintage lover – no matter which decade you would like to live. Start making room in your closet, pronto. If you are interested in selling, they accept clothing, furs, accessories, and shoes dating from the 1900s to-1990s. If you are more the buying type, shop their vintage collection in-store and on their Etsy page!
GG’s Social Trade & Treasure Club – Located just a few steps from the Bed Study outpost of L Train Vintage, GG’s Social Trade & Treasure Club is a great spot to take a peek in if you don’t have hours to spend thrifting. With a small selection of impeccably clean items, shopping here feels more like boutique thrifting. Highly organized, this is a great place to start for the new thrifter or those who get too overwhelmed when walking into a warehouse a lá L Train. That being said, the prices reflect this organization, and so you aren’t going to find as many bargains as you would in other places on this list. In addition to being a cooperative vintage shop, GG’s also serves as an art gallery and community organization space.
Fox & Fawn – Originally founded in the Lower East Side in 2007, Fox & Fawn has over a decade of experience in the New York vintage world. Its combination of curated vintage at budget prices has made it a beloved shopping destination for all thrifty vintage lovers and is consistently ranked among the top vintage and resale clothing stores by Time Out New York, The Village Voice, Refinery 29 and others. Fox & Fawn also buy both men’s and women’s items from the public, offering 35% cash or 55% trade (ideal to help make extra room in your closet). To be honest, it is located in Greenpoint (not Bushwick), but it is so good that it has to be on your vintage buying trail. If you can’t make it into the store, you can also shop on Instagram!
There you have it! The best vintage/thrift stores in Bushwick – let me know if there are any I have missed out on or any other recommendations you have for vintage shopping around the world!